washington dc, 2012 in the fall
Seasons and times. Hmm. Life is quite full of those, isn’t it? It’s been a really odd start to fall here in Germany…at least I imagine so, that this is unusual. It’s middle of October, and we were out today in t-shirts, sweating and enjoying the sunshine. But what is usual? what is normal? How is normality defined in our lives when each life is so different and unpredictable? It makes me think of Ecclesiastes where Solomon says, “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven…” because it’s true, even though our lives are so different from each other, we each have those things that Solomon writes about in chapter 3 of his ‘thinking’ book: laughter, sadness, being born, death, breaking down and building up, gaining, losing….all these things he mentions we all experience. It’s probably at very different times in our lives, but we can probably all say we have had some level of every ‘season’ he mentions in that chapter. And as I get older, I can say even more so that yes, I have experienced each season he talks about.
my uncle’s property, south carolina, summer
Sometimes, I have trouble with wanting the next season to hurry up and get here. I am honestly not a very big winter person. I like the snow enough, but I want the sun and warmth a lot sooner than it usually comes. So I find myself looking too far ahead instead of appreciating what’s going on at the time in that particular moment of weather. Or I’m dreading the fact that winter is coming because I see all the leaves changing and the weather getting that crisp fall feeling. And then I forget to enjoy what’s going on at that time, and the beauty of the season I happen to be in at the moment. And the same can be true with life; I sometimes find myself trying to look ahead and see what will be going on or worrying about the future, and missing out on what’s happening right now.
Do you find yourself doing that too ever? Are the moments of now passing by without you seeing what’s happening, and appreciating the events in your life in the present for what God is doing at this time?
north carolina beach, july
Maybe another way to understand embracing what’s happening right now is to think of it as picture taking. Like seasons, the moment that you want to capture comes and goes. It is not meant to be permanent, it is changing right before your eyes. But we can misuse photos just like we end up treating seasons the wrong way. If you are not living in that time frame you just snapped a photo of, then the capturing of the moment means nothing. Sure, you checked the block, did the task, got photos of the kids playing in the sprinkler, set foot on the Eiffel Tower, drove through Italy, had a great family get together, or went to the Empire State Building. But did you take in the moment? Or did you just snap away and move on? Continue reading